There’s something very dangerous happening in states across the country.
A wave of legislation, introduced in more than two dozen states, would allow people to discriminate against their neighbors. Some, such as the bill enacted in Indiana last week that drew a national outcry and one passed in Arkansas, say individuals can cite their personal religious beliefs to refuse service to a customer or resist a state nondiscrimination law.
I’ve been watching the responses to this on social media since the entire affair erupted, not just on the Left, but from conservatives as well. Some interesting questions have come up which keep bringing me back to what seems to be the crux of this debate: how much of this is actually about protecting the interests of both parties in a “controversial” transaction or refusal of service as opposed to the usual political spitballs? I wish I had tracked and saved some of the better comments on Twitter, but even without the links to attribute the original authors, two great points were made which I’ve yet to see resolved.